Transform lives as a physician assistant, and change your life, too.
Physician Assistants (PA) directly impact the quality of their patients’ lives. As a PA, you’ll work under the supervision of a physician to diagnose injuries and illnesses, provide treatment plans, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medications. It’s a profession with flexibility and agility that responds to health care demands, allowing you to move from specialty to specialty.
The Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies program provides a well-rounded education in biological sciences, preparing you to apply for master’s level programs leading to certification as a physician assistant. Upon completion of a PA master’s program, you’ll be prepared for success in the field as a physician assistant.
*Saint Mary’s Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies B.A. program is not designed to meet educational requirements for PA licensure in any jurisdiction. Students complete coursework to prepare for licensure within a master’s level PA program.
The biology pre-physician assistant studies major provides an immersive, well-rounded education in biological sciences — preparing you as you apply for graduate programs that will take you on the next step toward pursuing certification as a physician assistant.
Unique Program Features
What Makes it Special:
Supportive, dedicated faculty
State-of-the-art labs and classrooms
What You'll Learn
What You’ll Learn
Be clinically and professionally prepared to deliver health care services
Develop critical thinking and application skills
Provide compassionate and comprehensive patient care
Effectively work with diverse colleagues in team situations
Ethical leadership and collaborative skills
The Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies major is a four-year course of instruction that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Saint Mary’s committed faculty advisers will work closely with you to ensure all prerequisite requirements are met and you’re prepared to successfully compete for entrance into a master’s-level physician assistant program.
Careers that look to the future.
Physician assistants are in-demand healthcare professionals. Nationally certified and state-licensed, PAs diagnose and treat illness and disease, and prescribe medication for patients. Jobs for PAs are expected to grow 31% from 2020-30, much faster than the average for all occupations. In 2021, the median annual salary for a PA was $121,530.1
Participate in and complete master-level physician assistant program to pursue a career as a physician assistant